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, the country deserves folks in washington willing to compromise on behalf of the greater good. he was talking about a budget deal to avoid the fiscal cliff and he said he wanted it by christmas. nancy cordes is on capitol hill for us tonight. nancy? >> reporter: well, scott, it now looks like that is in doubt. aides on both sides today told us that the talks, which had been moving so quickly over the weekend, have slowed to a crawl and the president and speaker boehner traded ultimatums today. never a good sign this close to the deadline. >> and i hope that the president will get serious soon about providing and working with us on a balanced approach. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner warned today there will be no deal until the president agrees to more spending cuts. the president said he's cut enough. >> if you look at the package that i've put forward it is a balanced package by any definition. and we have put forward real cuts in spending that are hard to do in every category. >> reporter: mr. obama's most recent offer includes roughly $850 billion worth of spending cuts and raises
for confirmation withered away. >> pelley: bill, thank you. bob schieffer is our chief washington correspondent and anchor of "face the nation." bob, the president said it's unfair. why did ambassador rice withdraw? >> reporter: well, i'll tell you, scott, susan rice really had no choice, nor did the administration. key senate republicans quietly passed the word to vice president biden last week that it was going to be all but impossible for her to be confirmed. biden was told there was virtually no support for her among republicans and that some democrats were also beginning to question whether she was the best choice. when i spoke to rice myself recently, she, too, seemed to be wavering about whether she really wanted the job. i would want to talk to them. it would be a family decision. her withdrawal will make it easier now for secretary of state who is due to testify about that benghazi episode next week on capitol hill. senator lindsey graham, who was one of the main critics told me tonight her withdrawal is not the end of the controversy. he told me the administration is still inexplicabl
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